The messy beginnings of an online portfolio

It’s not organized as well as I’d like, and it’s neither finished nor comprehensive, but if you can’t help but be interested in the sort of stories I wrote as a reporter (way back in 2006, mind you), there are now a few clips from the Spartan Daily and Oakland Tribune posted on my Work […]

More advice from Rob Curley

If you’re an aspiring young (or not) journalist and you don’t have the good sense to pay attention to what Rob Curley says, I sort of feel sorry for you. That’s the truth, harsh as it may seem. Whenever guys like Curley or Holovaty or anyone else speaks up who has taken online journalism and […]

Which newspaper will drop its print edition first?

Wired News prediction for 2007: “A major newspaper gives up printing on paper to publish exclusively online.” Howard Owens doesn’t think so: “Ain’t happening. There’s still too much revenue tied up in print and not enough online. A major newspaper — I’m taking this to mean a major metro — couldn’t support it’s current news […]

How would you create an online community at SJSU?

Daniel Sato, online editor of the Spartan Daily student newspaper at San Jose State University, is trying to come up with a way to let readers vote their own stories up the charts, to tackle the twin problems of there being little sense of community at SJSU (online OR off, in my opinion) and organizations […]

Spartan Daily online redesign

That said, the Spartan Daily just launched a redesign on its College Publisher site. Daniel Sato and Neal Waters started this project over the summer, and from the sound of things, getting an original design implemented on top of a CP template was more difficult this time around, compared to the pretty conventional design I […]

Advice for recent J-School grads

Expecting a serious post about what I think journalism students should be learning in order to get a great job when they graduate? Been there. Done that. Instead, go check out what my all-time favorite Spartan Daily columnist has to say on the topic. Especially if you’re an SJSU student or alum – you’ll get […]

The Spartan Daily is blogging

Meanwhile, back at the Spartan Daily, SJSU’s student newspaper, Daniel Sato and Neal Waters (I’m guessing they both had a hand in this) appear to have taken a few days off from their redesign of the online edition of the Daily to set up a WordPress blog for the paper. Sports Editor Andrew Torrez live-blogged […]

The missing link for student newspapers: Software to support a continuous news desk

When the Spartan Daily made the transition to College Publisher in January, I was struck by just how driven by a daily print cycle an online publishing CMS could be. Why should it be that way? Why make online production dependent on your print stories being ready for publication? Why wait until after the print […]

Classes started yesterday, and I showed up anyway

The one class I’m taking this semester (Research Methods) doesn’t start until Monday night, but I showed up at SJSU yesterday, anyway, to take care of some paperwork, turn in a draft of my thesis proposal, and hang out with/badger/heckle the staff of the Spartan Daily, our student newspaper. The print edition of the Daily […]